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Modeling Jobs/Talent Search
(Note: These tips pertain to the industry cited above and do not necessarily track our experience with the company in whose report they appear. In particular, industry complaints referenced below are typical of the industry as a whole, but not necessarily every company in the industry.)
When considering a career in modeling or talent, you should be on the look out for companies that attempt to make money by cashing in on your dream. The Better Business Bureau warns prospective models, or parents who feel their child has this potential, about the following business practices.
Be wary of companies advertising that they are searching for models with "no experience necessary". In most cases, you will be asked to attend an interview and "screening" process. Upon completion of the interview, you may learn that there are many costs involved in the company's program, and they are not actually seeking to represent or hire people.
When considering becoming involved with a company, find out exactly what it is they are going to do for you. Is the company an agency, similar to an employment agency where they actually represent you and send you to jobs? Or is the company only offering specific services that you are asked to pay for, such as inclusion of your picture in a directory to be distributed to agencies; attendance at a convention where you may meet representatives of agencies; portfolios done by the company's own photographer; classes in makeup,clothing, etc.
Be sure you understand exactly what you are getting for your money if you decide to pay for the company's services. Read and understand the terms of any agreement before signing.